Washington at Nashville – Pre-Game Notes: Capitals Take On Predators In The Music City

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The Washington Capitals head to the Music City to take on the Nashville Predators for the second time in a span of 16 days and the final meeting between the two teams this season. The Predators beat the Capitals 6-3 at Capital One Arena on New Year’s Eve and have taken the past five meetings with Washington. Action from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville is slated to begin at 8 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Washington

METROPOLITAN DIVISION STANDINGS

NETMINDER MATCHUP
Braden Holtby (17-10-2, 2.85 GAA, .912 sv%) starts between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Juuse Soros (10-5-1, 2.62 GAA, .909 sv%) gets the start in goal for the Predators.

QUICK HITS

Capitals

-second of a back-to-back; lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues at home last night

-Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 33rd goal of the season in Monday’s loss; he leads the team with 51 points in 45 games

-Defenseman John Carlson leads team with 36 assists in 44 games

-Eighth in the NHL with an average of 3.38 goals-per-game

-losers of two straight (0-1-1) after winning three consecutive games

-Red hot power-play to start the year but has dropped to 14th in the NHL (21.2% efficiency)

-Seventh-worst penalty kill in the NHL (77.5% efficiency)

-lead Metropolitan Division with 59 points, two points more than the Columbus Blue Jackets (equal number of games played between two teams)

-14-6-2 road record

-Holtby: career vs. Nashville – 3-3-1, .871 save percentage, 3.71 goals-against average in eight games

Predators

-two points behind the Winnipeg Jets (who have 60 points) for the Central Division lead with the Jets playing two fewer games

-allow the fewest goals in the NHL (2.57 goals-against average per game)

-14.6% power-play efficiency is the seventh-worst in the NHL

-Allow the fifth-fewest shots in the NHL (28.8) on average

-15-7-0 home record

-begin a three-game homestand tonight

-have lost two consecutive games

-return home from a six-game road trip (3-1-2)

-Center Ryan Johansen leads the team with 32 assists and 40 points in 47 games

-Forward Filip Forsberg leads the team with 18 goals and has four points (all goals) since returning from a hand injury, which forced him to miss 17 games

-Rinne: career vs. Capitals – 5-1-0, .910 save percentage, 2.50 goals against average in six games

More From Capitals Game Notes

-Forward T.J. Oshie is expected to play in his 700th career game tonight

-In the Capitals’ last 41 away games, dating back to Jan. 18, 2018, Washington holds a 25-13-3 record, the third-most points (53) during that time frame, and two more points than the Capitals have in their last 41 home games (23-13-5); during that span, the Capitals’ 139 goals for rank fifth in the NHL

-The Capitals are the only team in the NHL with three players that rank in the top 25 in assists per game (Carlson, 13th: 0.82 assists per game; center Nicklas Backstrom, tied for 21st: 0.77 assists per game; center Evgeny Kuznetsov, tied for 24th: 0.74) among players with at least 25 games played

Flashback Game

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Washington at Nashville – Pre-Game Notes: Capitals Take On Predators In The Music City

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